WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT (Nov. 28) – After battling through challenging weather conditions and race delays, the opening USSA SuperTour series commenced on Saturday with Anchorage's Lars Flora and Holly Brooks, the USSA SuperTour leaders, earning World Cup starts.
After four events in three days Flora and Brooks lead the overall tour standings, earning World Cup starts in period two, Jan. 15- Feb. 6 in the Czech Republic, Estonia and Russia.
According to USSA Nordic Program Director John Farra, the West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour series marked the first ever double sprint qualifier event on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25. The event was supposed to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 24 but was postponed a day due to weather, forcing athletes to compete for three consecutive days.
Although the athletes did not get a rest day in the series, they will have a month to rest and fine-tune their skiing before the next leg of the tour. Next up for the USSA SuperTour is Minneapolis Jan. 22-23.
Complete overall standings are available at USSA SuperTour site.